Madeline (Maddy) Hannington

Madeline (Maddy) Hannington

Madeline (Maddy) Hannington

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Honours
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Can you please tell us about your career journey to date?

I have always been interested in sports. In my second year of university, I started working as a sports trainer for a football club to get some hands-on experience. Following the completion of my degree, I worked casually for 6 months in the public health system and took on a physiotherapy role at a local football team. From there my interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy developed further and I started working in private practice in 2016.

At the same time, I commenced casual teaching at Monash University (which I loved!). In late 2016 I had an incredible opportunity to commence a PhD, funded by the NBA, looking at anterior knee pain in elite basketball athletes. This has allowed me to travel interstate and to Canada to work with professional and collegiate basketball athletes.

Throughout this time, I have also continued my sports physiotherapy work. I have most recently been the physiotherapist for the Melbourne Renegade Women’s Big Bash Cricket team, and previously a state team physiotherapist for Basketball Victoria and Head Physiotherapist at Coburg VFL Football Club.

Studying a PhD has allowed me to continue my teaching career, and I have had recent roles as a Physiotherapy Lecturer at La Trobe University and as Sessional Academic at Monash University. Combining sports physiotherapy work and education is something I really enjoy and hope to continue.

What inspired you to pursue a career in Physiotherapy and why did you choose the Monash University course?

I knew I wanted to do something practical/hands on after leaving school. When I was in Year 9 I lived overseas and did some volunteering in a hospital system where I was exposed to physiotherapists working to support chronically ill patients. I played a lot of soccer growing up and sustained some injuries and so also became exposed to private practice physiotherapy.

I felt like physiotherapy combined my interests in science, problem solving and working/connecting with people.

I really liked the structure of the Monash physiotherapy course, and the concept of case-based learning to consolidate information. I was drawn to the way all subject matter was integrated throughout each semester.

What's your fondest memory or the highlight of your time at Monash?

Definitely the friendships and connections made with other students. We had a great year level of people who have gone on to do some amazing things with their personal and professional lives. I have made some incredible friends that are still a huge part of my life almost 10 years later!

What do you most enjoy about your work and what advice would you share with others?

Every day is different. I am constantly meeting new people and solving complex problems in collaboration with others (teaching staff, athletes, coaches, fellow researchers).

In such a diverse profession like physiotherapy, everyone’s path is so different. Create your own journey and look after yourself by making choices that support your values, wellbeing and a healthy work life balance.

Do you have any reflections to share on Monash Physio’s 15th anniversary? What would you like to see from Monash Physio in the next 15 years?

I feel so fortunate to have experienced the Monash Physiotherapy course as both a student and an educator.

The Department continues to develop high quality students and research that is so well regarded across our industry.

The development of the new Doctorate of Physiotherapy course presents an exciting opportunity for students with different clinical and educational backgrounds to enter the physiotherapy course as a post graduate and I think this will be an exciting addition to the pool of Monash Physiotherapy graduates going forward.

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